Special enrollment for dependents 18-25 scheduled May 1-31

Just a reminder: Recent changes to health-care law allow “adult children” 18-25 to become eligible for medical coverage under their parents’ plan beginning July 1, 2011.

Because of this, the FUSD will conduct a special “Dependent Open Enrollment” May 1-31, 2011, allowing those who become eligible for medical coverage under this provision of the PPACA to be enrolled in the FUSD plan then.

This special Dependent Open Enrollment applies to two groups:

  • Those dependent children ages 18-25 who are not currently covered under the FUSD’s benefits plan; and
  • Dependent children who will turn 19 before July 1, 2011. Technically, these dependents lose coverage if they reach the FUSD plan’s limiting age before July 1; however, they can be re-enrolled in the FUSD plan during the May’s special “Dependent Open Enrollment,” and they will carry the same coverage that their parent(s) have.

Because enrolling an adult child for coverage may have tax implications for you, it  is recommended that FUSD plan participants consider consulting a tax professional for more information about any such implications. Coverage for those to be enrolled in May’s special enrollment will take effect July 1, 2011.

Healthcare reform is a complicated topic, and the FUSD is working hard to ensure its plan participants stay informed about how PPACA-related changes may affect your medical plan. Stay tuned to HealthConnect for more information, and if you have questions, feel free to send them to HealthConnect via e-mail at jhmbhealthconnect@yahoo.com.

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